On the north side of the harbour bridge, road access is the core concern.

You can hear the passion in the voices on the streets of Takapuna when they talk about traffic.

"You either get stuck in traffic on the way to Devonport to catch the ferry, or take 45 minutes at the on-ramp to get on from Takapuna to go over the harbour bridge," says young Hauraki mother Kate Paine.

Her husband Damien says there is no practical public transport alternative to get to his work at the airport. He suggests extending the new Highway 20 connection from Waterview across to Birkenhead.

A computer-generated image of the proposed Skypath cycleway and pedestrian footbridge to be built on the bridge.
A computer-generated image of the proposed Skypath cycleway and pedestrian footbridge to be built on the bridge.

"It may involve widening the road, which would involve some houses being taken -- and at $1 million each, that is a very costly exercise," she says.

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Labour's Richard Hills, who has agreed with Darby that each will encourage their supporters to also vote for the other, says his top priority is public transport including "rail to the Shore".

Former Alliance MP Grant Gillon and former Green candidate Anne-Elise Smithson, running on a "Shore Action" ticket, are more sceptical about both sides' grand plans.

"There was $54 million set aside to start to upgrade Lake Rd. Our councillors voted to remove that," says Gillon.

Smithson says she wants to see how light rail to the airport works out before taking it north. "I don't think we are going to see the second rail crossing in my lifetime," she says.

There are also five Independent candidates and one, Damian Light, from United Future.

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